Friday, December 22, 2006

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
His Most Noble Lord Peter the Cannibalistic of Featherstonehaugh St Fanshaw
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Soy Makes You Gay

I didn't comment on the absurd article by Jim Rutz in WorldNetDaily "Soy is making kids gay". But now he has written part 2 of the article to provide proof that soy makes kids gay.

There is an article published at the FDA website called "Soy: Health Claims for Soy Protein,Questions About Other Components".

There is another article published in "Environmental Health Perspectives" called "The Science of Soy: What Do We Really Know?"

Go ahead and read the articles. Report back here where it says eating soy makes kids gay.

(Rev.?) Rutz, founder of Open Church Ministries, seems to think that isoflavines = phytoestrogens = estrogen = gay. Jim Rutz might know something about megachurches and being an Amway distributor but he doesn't know crap about science. Oh yeah, he also lives in Colorado Springs, the hotbed of homophobia and hometown of Pastor Ted Haggard and Pastor Paul Barnes both god-fearing anti-gay gay guys.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Have you visited Tom "Bug Killer" Delay's website yet? It's all new from the original website which allowed comments for all of 75 minutes. Needless to say, the comments were not very complementary to Mr. Delay. The new website allows comments if you register.

As you might expect, Mr. Delay links to such wonderful conservative websites such as Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin and Powerline. It's not really clear how much of the blog is actually written by Mr. Delay.....probably about 0%.
No one should imagine Mr. DeLay sitting in front of a computer monitor and keyboard, hunting and pecking as his Web site is updated each day. “I’m not a very good typist,” he said. “That would take me forever.” He readily acknowledged that he barely used the Internet, let alone a personal computer, before he got into this.

“I write my thoughts down in longhand,” he explained of his blogging technique. “Someone else puts it in.” Whatever the process, he said, everything that finally appears on the Web site “reads the way I say it.”
That's really cool, he gets to "say it" without really "saying it".

Fort La Présentation Association

The Fort La Presentation Association wants to build a replica of this French and Indian War era fort on the original site, Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg, NY. You can see a drawing of the site plans here, an elevation here and plans for the visitor center here.

The fort was founded by the Abbe Francois Picquet in 1749. The Abbe wanted to convert the Iroquis to Catholicism and to make them allies of the French. Find much more history of the fort here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Thank You Victoria for Inventing Airborne!

We need more drugs (oops, "dietary supplement") developed by 2nd grade teachers! One dose of Airborne will protect you for 3 hours against catching a cold! Awesome! And what a bargain, it only costs $4.99 for 10 tablets! Moreover, there is scientific proof that it works, just click here and read the "clinical study" (it doesn't come up for me, but maybe it will for you). The "clinical trial" was done by GNG Pharmaceutical Services.
GNG is actually a two-man operation started up just to do the Airborne study. There was no clinic, no scientists and no doctors. The man who ran things said he had lots of clinical trial experience. He added that he had a degree from Indiana University, but the school says he never graduated. (here)

"Thank you for using Airborne! I created Airborne because, as a teacher I needed help supporting my immune system, especially in the classroom." - Victoria Knight-McDowell, 2nd grade teacher & developer of Airborne formula.
USA! USA! USA! We are number 1!

Low Frequency Noise and Wind Turbines

I was speaking with an attorney a couple weeks ago and the topic of wind turbines came up. He is representing the local opposition to wind turbine construction. One of the big worries of wind turbine opponents is the effects of low frequency sound. These are sounds between the range of 10 -200 Hz (sound below 20 Hz is called infrasound). Infrasound is not heard by most people but that doesn't mean it isn't sensed at all. It seems there is room for research on the topic of effects of infrasound on humans. It appears that a small percentage of the population might be more sensitive to low frequency sound (abstract here).

A list of review papers on effects of low frequency sound here.

White paper on wind turbine noise here.

Powerpoint presentation on infrasound and noise perception here.

Calculate the wind turbine noise on your property here (maybe only works for UK?).

Wind Turbine Sound calculator from Denmark here and sound map here.

Study on who is annoyed by wind turbine noise and why here.

Wind power opposition here.

Article by Nina Pierpont, local anti-wind turbine activist, here.

Will Kinney, physicist, calls it junk science (at least he doesn't list his academic degrees after his name everytime it is written).

Everything you want to know about why wind power is bad here.

UPDATE: I want to point out that I am in favor of wind generated power in the North Country. I think the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Poinsettia Not Poisonous

Good Christmas news! Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) ingestion can give an upset tummy if you eat enough of them and the sap irritates your skin, but they are not all that toxic. Also see this abstract in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Merry Christmas

I've been elfacized.

You Are One of the Richest People on Earth

Go to the Global Rich List and type in your income to find out where you stand in the world.

Let's say you are one of those Goldman Sachs people getting a $100 million dollar bonus. You would be in the top 0.001% richest people on earth or 107,565th richest person on earth.

Only make $18,000 a year? You are still in the top 11.6% of income earners.

Who Would Join?

Tell me which group you would like to join and why.

The Trilateral Commission

The Illuminati

The Free Masons


The Rosicrucians

Skull and Bones

The Bilderberg Group

Knights of Pythias

El Yunque

More Sir Francis Galton F.R.S.

Sir Francis Galton has his own website. It's only right since he is the "Father of Statistics" and the cousin of Charles Darwin.

Here is young Sir Francis (age unknown). Still looks like me.

Here is old Sir Francis (age 73). Make up your own mind if it looks like me.

Who is this?

Is this me or someone else?

Find the answer here.